The UK has become the first Western Country to license a Covid-19 vaccine paving a way for mass vaccination starting next week with over 800,000 doses already on the way.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Wednesday morning after health regulators granted emergency authorization to the American Pharmaceuticals giant.
The first doses of the much-anticipated vaccine will be arriving next week according to the company. Phase 3 of the trial of the vaccine showed that it was 95% efficient in fighting the Covid-19 virus and prompted the UK to buy over 40 million doses.
“This follows months of rigorous clinical trials and a thorough analysis of the data by experts at the MHRA who have concluded that the vaccine has met its strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.
“The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will shortly also publish its latest advice for the priority groups to receive the vaccine, including care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and the clinically extremely vulnerable. The vaccine will be made available across the UK from next week.” Hancock said.
However, the Health Secretary also noted that distributing the vaccine across the UK would be challenging as it requires extremely low temperatures of at least -70C.
The vaccines would be available from GPs and Pharmacists if they had cold storage. Each person would also need to shots of the vaccine